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Gail Matthews, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthews is a clinical psychologist who focuses on couples therapy, anxiety disorders, and life transitions. She is also a life and career coach, specializing in overcoming barriers to success and fulfillment. Her research on dealing with the "imposter phenomenon" (feelings among some successful people that they do not deserve their success and that they have fooled others who perceive them as competent) received national media attention and her research on blaming the victim (the "just-world hypothesis") is considered a classic in social psychology. Gail chaired the Psychology Department from 1977-1999, and developed the courses in Psychology of Career Choice and Career Development, which she currently teaches. She also regularly teaches Field Placement, Directed Research, Life Coaching, Creating Your Future, and Positive Psychology. Dr. Matthews is currently conducting research testing the effectiveness of life coaching techniques.

gail matthews.jpgProfessor of Psychology-Tenured

Dominican University of California

50 Acacia Avenue

San Rafael, CA 94901

Telephone: 415-485-3265

Fax: 415-257-1386



Dominican Office Location: Bertrand Hall #27, 2nd Floor


Licensed Psychologist, California PSY7249                                                       

Private Practice-Psychotherapy, Career & Life Coaching                                    

Corte Madera, CA 415-927-2511


Office Hours Fall, 2006: Research Sabbatical in progress. During this time, please contact Dr. Matthews via email.


Current Research

I have just completed initial analysis of my research on the factors which enhance achievement of business and work-related goals. 



I regularly teach courses on Life Coaching, Behavioral Coaching, Positive Psychology, and have conducted research on the Impostor Phenomenon.



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